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Men: good looks go further

Posted by: Staff writers | 7 January, 2013 - 11:15 AM
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4BC Summer Mornings: The first Australian study of the financial return for physical attractiveness finds it is worth an astounding $32,150 in annual salary, with men of above-average looks typically commanding $81,750 compared with $49,600 for men with below-average looks.

The authors, Melbourne University economist Jeff Borland and a former Australian National University economist, Andrew Leigh, find the "plainness penalty" more important than the "beauty premium".

Federal Labor MP and former academic at Australian National University Andrew Leigh joins Ian Maurice on why the pretty people get more money and opportunities.

Blog comments Your Say

  • in your dreams Bob louse, your delusions have no boundaries

    mick Monday 7 January, 2013 - 10:15 PM
  • A true socialist Bob, only you are allowed to earn the big bucks in the public service of the tax payer, not private enterprise taking the risk and creating jobs.

    CRY FREEDOM Monday 7 January, 2013 - 9:54 PM
  • Dear Andrew,
    About "Men: good looks go further", I would like to say that face and body simmetry is the key for the success. Person with high simmetry has better voice, for example, like the singers, in general. Furthermore, these people have good look for the screen, too. However, it does not mean that the music quality is good, or the film is a cash-box (talking only about art). In politics, it seems quite different. The usual people change the good looking for an expensive car. Any way, the discussion is compelling and this made me express my oppinion. I have discussed the subject in my class room. Some students have the eyes open wide. In the market, I believe that the best is to have simmetry (good quality) in the commercial product. Best regards.
    Walter,
    Brazil.

    Walter Monday 7 January, 2013 - 8:40 PM
  • Dear Bob,
    About "Men: good looks go further", I would like to say that face and body simmetry is the key for the success. Person with high simmetry has better voice, for example, like the singers, in general. Furthermore, these people have good look for the screen, too. However, it does not mean that the music quality is good, or the film is a cash-box (talking only about art). In politics, it seems quite different. The usual people change the good looking for an expensive car. Any way, the discussion is compelling and this made me express my oppinion. I have discussed the subject in my class room. Some students have the eyes open wide. In the market, I believe that the best is to have simmetry (good quality) in the commercial product. Best regards.
    Walter,
    Brazil.

    Walter Monday 7 January, 2013 - 8:27 PM
  • Aahhhh. That explains why I used to earn the big bucks.

    Bob Lord Monday 7 January, 2013 - 1:05 PM

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